Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Sometimes the only people more hated than Donald Trump are the people in his Cabinet. One such target for derision has been Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, who some on the Left say bought her Cabinet post and will be disastrous for public education. Yeah, like the current system is running like a well-oiled machine.

Recently, Secretary DeVos announced she would be revisiting Title IX regulations as they pertain to rapes and sexual assaults on college campuses. Seems the current system pretty much throws due process out the nearest sorority house window and defaults to believing the victim. Now, DeVos wants to change that so the accused gets at least a chance at equal footing under the law, and you’d think you gave the Left a full-fat mocha latte made with full GMO non-organic coffee beans with steamed whole milk instead of soy milk. And you forgot the whipped topping and sprinkles!

This week’s Leftist Lexicon is going to go back to the hallowed halls of academia and look at Title IX a little more closely.

Title IX

What the Left thinks it means – federal guidelines prohibiting women from discrimination on college campuses

What it really means – a good idea used for bad purposes

Let’s be honest here. Outside of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and Planned Parenthood, there are only a handful of people who believe women should be mistreated in any way, shape, or form. Title IX was set up as a means to give women another level of protection from the brutish and often unsympathetic college administrations out there who didn’t have women’s interests, let alone their best interests, in mind.

Then, a little thing called mission creep happened. Basically, mission creep is when a good idea gets used to promote other ideas unrelated to the purpose of the original idea. A great example of this is Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD. MADD was originally created to combat drunk driving, but since its founding, the organization has taken a zero-tolerance approach to drinking anything harder than water that hasn’t gone through a water softener. The woman who started MADD lamented this and had to quit the organization she started because it had gotten too strident for her tastes. Plus, their summer pool parties were a bit of a drag because the only way to have fun around the kind of militant anti-alcohol types is to drink to excess.

Mission creep has also made Title IX into a logistical nightmare, and you can thank the Obama Education Department for Civil Rights for helping that process along. In 2011, they sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges and universities pushing them (i.e. voluntelling them) to enforce Title IX laws as they pertained to sexual assault and harassment. As you might imagine, this made an already touchy subject worse. Who could have seen that coming (I mean, aside from anyone who has spent any time waiting in a DMV line)?

With new mandates…I mean suggestions in place, colleges and universities began their own personal Star Chambers where the accused were guilty until proven guilty by a jury of their superiors with a vested interest in keeping things on the down low, and the victims, real or alleged, were given the benefit of the doubt more often than Hillary Clinton with the DNC. No way this process could be corrupted, right?

Well, that’s what we were lead to believe until false rape allegations started coming to light. Through these incidents, people outside the ivy-covered walls got to see how screwed up the process has been under Title IX. For whatever good Title IX has done, it’s being used as a sexist weapon against college-aged men who may not have the faculties to fight back…provided, of course, the college lets them fight back. In some cases, they aren’t, to their detriment.

But, hey, at least rape victims get a voice, right?

Let’s be frank here. (Or if you don’t want to be Frank, you can be Steve or Lola. Your choice.) Rape is a serious crime and with good reason. Those who are accused of it are permanently tainted by society and public opinion. And it’s because of the seriousness of the crime that we need to be careful and ensure both the accuser and the accused have the same opportunities to present their cases. That’s what Secretary DeVos is trying to do here. She’s not siding with rapists. She’s not stripping rape victims of their rights. She’s ensuring due process gets its due in a situation where it’s needed the most.

Let’s also not throw away the entirety of Title IX just because some people are abusing its protections. A measured approach is what’s needed to ensure everyone is kept equal in the eyes of the law and the college and university administrations. Leave the kangaroo courts to Australia.

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It’s Raining Men…Or Is It?

In news that could only come out of the weirdest state in America, there is a bill going through the California Assembly that would punish people who don’t use a transgendered person’s “preferred name or pronouns” in certain circumstances related to public health, retirement, or housing. The punishment? A fine of up to $1000 and up to 1 year in jail.

And people wonder why people call California the land of fruits and nuts?

All kidding aside, imagine having to defend yourself in court against a person Aerosmith sung about. Get a sympathetic (or simply pathetic) jury and that dude who looks like a lady could win, meaning you would get punished for not knowing whether he/she was a dude or a lady. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Kafka-esque absurdity that makes Naked Lunch look like the evening news. On second thought, the news is getting just as bad. Nevermind.

If you didn’t catch my previous blog post about gender, let me give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version: there are only two genders. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying, have an agenda, or are utterly illiterate regarding science. Or a Leftist, which covers all three scenarios.

As someone whose last name has been misspelled more times than Tweets that confuse “your” and “you’re,” I can see where the supporters of the bill are coming from. Getting called the wrong name or being called the wrong gender can be frustrating. Having said that, there needs to be some common sense applied here. Granted, it’s California, so common sense may be a foreign concept, but someone has to try. So, here goes.

If you are a man who wants to be referred to as a woman and use feminine pronouns/names, then look the part. Ditto for you women who want to be referred to as men and use masculine pronouns/names. And as far as you “gender fluid” types are concerned, pick a gender and stick with it for more than 5 seconds. If you run into someone who doesn’t respect your wishes, so what? Your solution (if you can even call it that) will make it harder to be accepted by society at large which, in turn, sets back your movement by decades. There are going to be jerks everywhere you go. Making it illegal to be a jerk because they “misgender” you won’t make the jerks go away.

Here’s an idea. Try toughening up. If you base your entire self-worth on whether someone addresses you by the gender you prefer, real life is going to kick your ass. The best way to handle jerks is to treat them better than they would treat you. Not only will you look like the mature one, but if will leave them with little or nothing to say in response. Heck, you might even be able to break down a barrier or two in the process.

Unless you want to punish people for “wrongthink”, then your solution is the only one you’ll accept. Fine, but don’t be surprised if someone else gets smart and challenges you to a DNA test to see what gender you are. All the makeup or butch haircuts in the world won’t mean a thing next to hard scientific data.

“The Party of Science” indeed…

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

As the seasons turn from summer to fall, there are some things we can depend on. Kids going back to school. Leaves turning colors. And discussions about the debt ceiling.

Recently, President Donald Trump spoke to House Minority Leader Nancy “Joan Rivers Was a Piker Compared to Me” Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Charles “Don’t Get Between Me and a Microphone” Schumer and agreed to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for concessions on disaster relief. Yeah, I know. Debt ceiling talk is so sexy, right? Well, get ready to get really hot because here we go!

debt ceiling

What the Left believes it means – a budgetary procedure to ensure the government can pay its debts without shutting down

What it really means – giving the least fiscally responsible entity on Earth a pass on bad spending.

The Constitution gives Congress the power to pay the debts of the country, including the debts they themselves rack up allegedly representing the county. Usually, this gets done through the budget process, where the House, the Senate, and the President try to hammer out a vision for what needs to get paid and by whom. There’s a tiny snag with this currently: we haven’t actually had a budget since 2006. The way Congress has done around this detail has been to raise the debt ceiling, which allows the government to pay debts. A necessary evil, right?

Not quite.

Let’s say you have a credit card that you max out on a trip to Las Vegas. You may be able to skate by for a while, but eventually you are going to have to make a payment. Then, instead of making a payment, you request raising your credit line. The credit card company agrees, and you go back to Vegas to max out your card again. Then, payment time rolls around again, and you request yet another credit line extension. The credit card company agrees, and the process continues.

There’s no way this can end badly, right?

Actually, there is no way this can’t end badly. With a budget, Congress has a framework for how to proceed. Without a budget, Congress can spend and spend without much oversight. Wait…did we just stumble onto the reason we haven’t had a budget in 11 years? Why, yes, yes, we did!

Under the typical budget process, the House comes up with a budget and gives it to the Senate to look over and either approve as-is or offer changes. If there are changes, the House and Senate come together and work out the differences before sending it to the President to sign. Then, if the President vetoes it, the budget proposal goes back to Congress to either fix the proposal or override the veto. In short, there are checkpoints at every stage of the budget process to prevent one side or the other from running roughshod over the other and to put limits on what is to be spent. By simply agreeing to forego the normal budget process and raise the debt ceiling, those safeguards are as reliable as the TSA.

If America had her financial house in order, raising the debt ceiling might not be an issue. After all, we’ve accrued debt in the past for noble purposes, like fighting a war. However, America is spending like a drunken sailor these days. Okay, that may have been out of line. After all, drunken sailors have a bit more fiscal responsibility than the average Congrescritter. I mean, when was the last time you saw a drunken sailor spend money to watch shrimp on a treadmill?

Complicating matters further is the fact America doesn’t own all of its debt. We have issued bonds for our debt for various parties to buy. And guess who owns a good chunk of those bonds. China. Yeah, that country that hasn’t quite gotten over the Cold War and has a penchant for trying to handicap America whenever it can. And we gave them Most Favored Nation status in the 1990s! And how do they repay us? Sending toys with lead paint and dog food that actually kills dogs.

But I’m sure they’ll do us right this time!

All it takes for our fiscal house of cards to come tumbling down is for China to say, “Yeah, we kinda want our money back because we don’t think you can pay us back.” If you thought the financial crisis in 2008 was bad, this will make that look like “Heidi.” (For you Leftists out there reading this, that is a bad thing.) And if that happens, we have Democrats and Republicans to blame. Our representatives decided that spending money is more important than fiscal security. Even when we get representatives elected who promise to keep us on budget, those voices are either drowned out or sold out by those who think we can print enough money to keep ourselves afloat. Spoiler Alert: we can’t. The more money we print, the less valuable the money we have becomes. That isn’t a recipe for success, kids.

So, how do we fix it? Outside of a Congressional enema, we’re stuck until our representatives figure out raising the debt ceiling without a reason will cost us more than the ability to spend money we don’t have on crap that has no real purpose.

Like shrimp on treadmills.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Happy Labor Day weekend, kids! As we take our first tentative steps into fall, Labor Day elicits quite a few memories and emotions. Anticipation for the leaves to start falling, as well as the temperatures. The knowledge we’re not supposed to wear white until spring, unless you’re a Klan member. And remembering the hard work of the men and women who comprise the working class.

The demographics of the working class may have changed throughout the years, but they still represent a vital voting bloc for the Left and the Right. If you persuade the working class to vote for your candidate, you stand a good chance of winning an election, or at least doing better than Evan McMullin in 2016. In honor of Labor Day (and because I really didn’t have anything else to write about this week), let’s take a closer look at the working class.

working class

What the Left thinks it means – a vital group of voters who need Leftists to be their champions against Big Business

What it really means – a group of people who have been jerked around by both sides of the aisle

As a working man myself, I am on the front lines of the struggles the working class faces. Whether it’s fighting traffic to and from work, trying to make each dollar we earn stretch as far as it can, or even just trying to get through the day without getting written up, fired, or, worst of all, being asked to stay late because everybody else went home already, the working men and women of America are being asked/told/demanded/expected to grind it out day after day without complaint. Put on a happy face and eat that crap sandwich like it was your last meal.

That’s why I find it laughable that the Left and the Right try to get us to believe they represent the working class in Washington, DC. The political class, most of whom have never done anything more physical than blocking someone on Twitter, have zero clue of what John and Jane Doe of Everytown, USA, have to put up with just to try to keep a roof over their heads. After all, Congresscritters get tons of perks for being elected, so even if they’re from the smallest of small towns in the states they represent, they quickly forget what it means to work hard most every day.

But when it’s time for reelection, you can count on them to show up and shake hands and kiss babies (just don’t get those two mixed up) in an attempt to “reconnect with the great people of [insert state].” Once their reelection is sewn up tighter than a XXXS corset on Roseanne Barr, they promptly forget about those great people and head back to Washington to live their lives of luxury.

Gee. I wonder if that might be the reason I think the working class is getting screwed over by the political class…naaaaaaah!

The Left claims to be the party of the working class (mainly because they get tons of money from labor unions who are often as out of touch as their Leftist masters), but this claim is as baseless as a news story on MSNBC. When you boil it down, the Left doesn’t care about anything about the working class and merely gives them lip service. Take a look at how much disdain they heap upon WalMart, for example. The Left wants WalMart eliminated from the economic equation for one reason: WalMart doesn’t have a union. Sure, they’ll give you a ton of other reasons ranging from alleged lower pay and importing products from China, but it comes down to the lack of a union. Yet, WalMart makes products and services affordable for people in the working class because they’ve figured out something the Left can’t seem to grasp: you can’t keep your doors open if you don’t have customers. WalMart isn’t perfect, but they do enough right to keep people coming in (usually after making highly questionable fashion choices). By going after WalMart, the Left has made it clear they don’t care about the actual working class, just about their money and votes.

The Right isn’t much better. They have the image of being in the back pockets of Big Business to the point they have permanent disfigurement from the stitching in said back pockets. And why is that? Because they haven’t fought back against the image. The Right reaching out to the working class is often as cringeworthy as Michael Dukakis in a tank, John Kerry in hunting gear, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz any time. And this is disappointing because the working class needs people fighting for them in Washington, and it’s clear the Left is like Pee Wee Herman boxing MIke Tyson.

But there is a glimmer of hope for the Right in the form of Donald Trump. Trump for all of his faults has a grasp on both the corporate and the working world, which came out during the 2016 election. And the working class rewarded him with their votes, much to the consternation of Hillary Clinton and the DNC. If the Right can pick up what Trump did in the campaign and build upon that by convincing the working class they can coexist with the business class, that will be beneficial to both. The working class will have their champions on Washington, and the business class will have an in with their workers.

In the meantime, the working class will have to keep plugging away, doing what it needs to do to survive. Just like they always seem to do.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

President Donald Trump and the media are a match made in the Tenth Circle of Hades. It’s like the Ninth Circle, but it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the Ninth. Plus, it’s on the bus line and it has great public schools. Whenever Trump says something, the media analyze it, have “experts” talk about it, figure out what kind of spin to put on it, and then broadcast it to the world without checking facts. Then, when the President gets upset and comments on it, the media pretend they’re under attack (in spite of the fact it’s their crappy reporting that created the problem in the first place).

To hear the Left talk about it, freedom of the press is under attack because of President Trump. “We are the first line of defense against the Trump Administration,” media figures cry as they find the closest American flag to wrap themselves in for that added effect. (I’m looking right at you, Keith Olbermann.) Whether you agree with the Left or are smarter than a bag of hammers, it’s time to take a look at the institution secured in the First Amendment.

freedom of the press

What the Left believes it means – a sacrosanct right that allows the press to act like the Fourth Estate and keep politicians honest

What it really means – a right that the Left has abused so the press can act like the Fifth Column to the Right and lapdogs to the Left

As a former journalism school student, I have a deep respect for reporters who go out and find news stories that matter. I want to buy you two or three good reporters a beer.

As for the rest of the media, I need to have a word with you. I know you think you’re doing great work trying to protect us from the evils of the Trump Administration, but you’re about as useful as the stick after you eat a corndog. And if you don’t know what a corndog is, that’s part of your problem, but we’ll talk about that later.

Let’s deal with the neon green elephant in the room: you guys and gals aren’t helping the situation under your current business model, which makes Gawker look responsible. How many stories have you run with that have been poorly sourced, if they were sourced at all? How many hit pieces have you published or broadcast over minutia like whether Donald Trump’s daughter’s nanny’s brother’s cousin’s optometrist’s dog walker had an overdue library book in 1978? How many times have you had to print or broadcast retractions to cover your collective hinders after being exposed as being hacks?

And you wonder why the media are trusted less frequently than used car salesmen.

Yes, the First Amendment gives you the right to publish and broadcast the news, but it also gives me the right to call you out when you suck at your job. And right now, a billion Dysons at the center of a black hole can’t reach your level of suck. And, no, claiming to be defending the freedom of the press isn’t a shield from legitimate criticism. Say what you want about President Trump (and I know you will), he has a point about the current state of reporting. A lot of the news being generated from your ranks falls into a handful of buckets: celebrity, tragedy, political expediency, and stuff you make up to fill air time or column inches. Sometimes you combine some of the items in the buckets (like if Justin Bieber comes out with a new CD supporting Planned Parenthood and, when played backwards, gives proof of aliens at Area 51), but the point is you aren’t doing the best work right now.

Think about the reporters who came before you. Would Edward R. Murrow consider what you’re doing to be good reporting? Do you even know who Murrow is? If not, learn about him and try to emulate him whenever you can. And while we’re here, Keith Olbermann isn’t the second coming of Ed Wood, let alone Edward R. Murrow.

Freedom of the press is a legitimate shield in a lot of cases, and I wouldn’t want any politician, Left or Right, to curtail your right to report. Having said that, the right to a free press comes with the responsibility to use it responsibly. That’s where you folks are going wrong. Look at CNN’s Jim Acosta, for example. You may look up to him as a tough journalist, but if you strip away the ideological lenses, he’s trying to feather his own nest by trying to bring down Trump with nonsensical questions. That doesn’t help your legitimacy at all. And I can list a number of high-profile nothingburgers the media have put forth as news within the past few months. Shouldn’t you try to be more reliable than a Smart Car in a demolition derby?

Until then, I have a simple request. Stop pretending you’re doing something noble by defending freedom of the press against the Trump Administration and weed out the bad faith players within your ranks. Then maybe you can not only restore your former credibility, but have more people willing to support you when you take a stand in defense of the freedom of the press.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

To say President Donald Trump’s relationship with the press is hostile is like saying the Hatfields and McCoys had a minor tiff. A particular thorn in Trump’s side is CNN’s Jim Acosta, who is one part Eddie Haskel and one part Sam Donaldson (or at least the way people saw Donaldson during the Reagan Administration).

This hostility came to a head recently during a press conference where White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller and Acosta over a proposed cut to our immigration policy introduced by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue. During this exchange, Miller referred to Acosta’s “cosmopolitan bias”, which has made the Left go completely over-the-top cray-cray. (In other words, they way they act on any day ending in a Y.)

Strap in, folks. We’re in for a weird one.

cosmopolitan

What the Left thinks it means – sophisticated and intelligent, people targeted by white supremacists for being sophisticated and intelligent

What it really means – a bunch of people who think their farts don’t stink

If there is one thing the Left excels at, it’s being egotistical. (That, and not being on speaking terms with reality.) They also are great at pretending to be victims, as we can see from Acosta’s actions and statements. To them, being cosmopolitan is not an insult because it speaks well of them. And everyone in their social circles is just like them, thinks like them, speaks like them, and is generally a carbon copy of them.

In other words, they wouldn’t know what to do if they actually had to interact with someone who isn’t one of them. It’s like they’re all Eva Gabor’s character from “Green Acres.”

It’s this kind of thinking Miller was criticizing and Acosta was reflecting. It’s also this kind of thinking that prevents reporters from being as informed and effective as they need to be in today’s media landscape. People rely on reporters to keep them informed on the news of the day, but when the reporters are dumber than a bag of hammers, that trust is violated. Of course, the public trusts the media less than the Weekly World News these days, so maybe they’re coming to realize reporters aren’t that smart.

Exhibit A: Jim Acosta

Acosta’s attempt to take a portion of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and turn it into immigration law shows he’s ignorant of both. But to hear him describe it (and, believe me, you can’t get him to shut up about it on Twitter), he was defending the rights of those trying to come into this country. Of course, Acosta doesn’t want us to think about the distinction between those trying to come to America through legal channels and those wanting to sneak in because that would ruin the narrative. And in Acosta’s world, if you try to make that distinction as the Trump Administration is trying to do, that’s racist.

I told you he wasn’t that smart.

Adding to this stupidity is the Left’s attempt to paint “cosmopolitan” as secret code for white supremacists because they say Hitler expressed some of the same sentiments about the sophisticated and intelligent. Yeah, and Hitler wore pants. Using that logic, any Leftist who wears pants is literally Hitler. Using real logic, there is a big difference between echoing sentiments and being 100% behind a person’s agenda. And considering Hitler actually leaned more left than right, the Left might want to think carefully about using such flimsy logic to compare people to Hitler.

Now, for the funny part. (And I’m sure some of you readers are saying “Finally!”) Acosta’s outburst was over…a bill. Not a law. Not a platform plank. Not even a sternly-worded memo. A bill. As fans of “Schoolhouse Rock” can attest, that means it’s not a law yet, and…it can be changed.

You know, for people who claim to be cosmopolitan, Acosta and his fellow Leftists are quite unsophisticated when it comes to vital concepts.

To take Miller’s point a bit further, the Left is insulated from the rest of the world, and that’s by choice. Yet, they seem to think they’re so much smarter than the rest of us because…reasons. That’s a bad situation. Picture if you will a scientist whose expertise is in one area of science and decides to comment on a completely different area of science because he or she is considered to be an expert on science by people who don’t understand it. Wait, we already have Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Let’s try another analogy. Let’s say you have a plumber and you need your roof fixed. Unless your plumber also does roofing, you wouldn’t go to him or her for advice. But we’re being told people who rarely leave their urban settings have their fingers on the pulse of the nation outside of their urban settings. Nothing could be further from the truth. That’s the problem with living in an ideological echo chamber: you don’t hear anything outside of it.

The biggest problem with the Left’s reaction to Miller’s comment is it let their mask slide a bit more to show just how much they disdain people outside of their cliques. The media by and large don’t know what life is like between the East and West Coasts, and few are willing to put in the effort to find out. Whether it’s reporters from the Huffington Post or Dan “Fake But Accurate” Rather, Leftists keep being mystified there are people who live between the East and West Coasts and may have a different perspective than they do.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was Miller’s point.

And Acosta and the Left completely missed it.

By calling out Acosta’s cosmopolitan bias, Miller wasn’t trying to blow a Nazi/white supremacist dog whistle. He was making a point about how out of touch the Left is, and given how many column inches have gone into finding more conspiracy theories than Art Bell and Jesse Ventura hooking up with the guys from “Ancient Aliens”, it’s clear they haven’t figured it out. But you do you, kids! You may not think much of me, but that’s fine. At least I can tell the difference between a poem and immigration law.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

I had originally intended this week’s Leftist Lexicon to be something lighthearted and fun (there’s a first time for everything), but the events of the past 24 hours have changed things just a bit. For those of you who haven’t been following the news, a group of white nationalists held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and members of Antifa held a counter-protest. And, as you might expect when two combustible elements get together, there was violence, hate, and even fatalities.

And, also as you might expect, the Left is trying to make hay out of the connections between President Donald Trump and the white supremacists. To some, you’re automatically responsible for Charlottesville if you’re white, and to other more sensible types, you’re responsible if you’re white and voted for Trump. See? Totally more sensible!

Meanwhile, what exactly is white supremacy? Let’s find out!

white supremacy

What the Left thinks it means – white conservatives who have taken over the Trump Administration, also associated with the alt right

What it really means – the photo negative version of Black Lives Matter

Right now, the Leftists reading this are either angrily typing up responses, scratching their heads in disbelief, or asking for money. But when you think about it, the only thing separating Black Lives Matter and white supremacists is the color of their skin. At the heart of both of their philosophies is a belief their experiences are the result of “others” oppressing them. They both believe they are justified in striking back against those who are causing them strife. They both are fine with using violence to achieve their vengeance…I mean goals.

And they’re both wrong.

The fact of the matter is white supremacists aren’t being oppressed by anyone but themselves. If you believe your skin color gives you any type of superiority, you’re already handicapping yourself by limiting your perspective. Every race has its share of extremists, but they also have their share of brilliance. To deny that fact is to deny yourself a wider experience full of wonder. And in America today, it’s getting harder to avoid “cross-pollination” as it were.

So, white supremacists, what are you going to do? If yesterday was any indication, you’re going to look like assholes. And possibly unemployable ones at that.

But that doesn’t excuse antifa here, either. You guys already look like assholes after the Berkeley riots, but since you don’t seem to have jobs, you don’t have to worry about being unemployable since you were already unemployable to begin with. You guys are provocateurs, just like the white supremacists you claim to oppose. But since this blog is about white supremacists, you’re off the hook for now.

The Left is making the connection between President Trump and white supremacists because, well, the white supremacists are saying they’re connected. Adding fuel to the fire was Trump’s tweet trying to spread out the blame for the hate shown in Charlottesville to everyone. Yeah, not a good move there, Mr. President. Not only does it appear you’re clueless about the situation, but you’ve given the Left more ammunition with which to attack you. Then again, they tend to invent evidence when needed, but this one was the political equivalent of an “own goal” in soccer.

White supremacists may think Trump is their key to regaining power after 8 years of Barack Obama, but it’s not. If you put all your faith in someone who looks like you, but doesn’t share your values, you’ll wind up even more disappointed than you were before you anointed that person the Great Whites Only Hope. And let’s not forget Trump dumped you guys during the campaign. You voting for him doesn’t change the fact he’s just not that into you or your racist ways.

It’s time for the white supremacists to grow up and realize the only ones responsible for their woes are themselves. It may be hard to get over your racism, but it’s well worth it, if only to defang the Left. They can’t call you a racist if you’re not a racist. (Well, they can, but it won’t hold as much weight if you’re not snapping Hitler salutes and carrying Nazi or Confederate battle flags.)

Besides, you can always point to their “leadership” and tell them to get outside of their glass houses.

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If I Were Google

The tech world got rocked by a scandal within Google starting with a 10 page memo written by a male employee regarding a desire to start a conversation about…treating everyone not as labels, but as individuals! The horror!!!! How dare a white man suggest people are more than identity politics!

Google, being the rational and totally non-SJW company they are, fired him for a violation of their code of conduct, which has set off a firestorm among those of us who like free speech and free thought. Whether this is a free speech issue is subject to debate, but what isn’t up for debate is the regulatory complaint being taken against Google for unlawful termination of employment. Ouch.

If I could offer a bit of advice to the Google overlords (and they would listen to it for longer than the attention span of a ferret on espresso-flavored crack), it would go a little something like this.

1) Take the loss, kids. How can I put this lightly? You screwed up. Bad. I’m talking Dennis Rodman going to North Korea bad.

2) Hire him back yesterday. See point 1. The first step to righting this Titanic of a mistake is hiring back the guy you fired, and if I could make a suggestion, give him a big pay raise and a public apology.

3) Take his concerns seriously. Regardless of how you feel about what was said in the memo, there is a reason he felt the need to speak up about it. It’s going to take a bit of self-reflection, but if it makes for a better workplace (and I believe it will), it will be better for you. Not to mention, it might go a long way towards getting your regulatory and possible legal woes dismissed.

4) Change. The extent of the change will depend upon a) step 3, and b) how much you want to keep your jobs.

5) Open your minds to new ideas. And this is going to be the hard one for you Googleftists, but it’s going to be the best thing you can do. The tech industry is all about innovation, and making this change would put you out in front of most of the tech companies out there. And that will buy you a lot of good will.

And you won’t look like total asshats in the process.

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Have Dumb Will Travel

We have a lot on our collective plates right now. A looming possibility of war with North Korea. Unrest on college campuses and in our economy. A new Nickelback CD coming out soon. But all of those pale in comparison to the greatest issue facing this great nation right now.

Colin Kaepernick has yet to be signed with an NFL team.

This is what is keeping Leftists up at night these days (aside from looking for Russians within every connection to Donald Trump, of course). And just like Paris Hilton doing color commentary for a Cleveland Browns game, they don’t know what they’re talking about.

The Left wants us to believe the only reason Kaepernick isn’t signed is because of racism. After all, he stood up for Black Lives Matter while taking a knee for the National Anthem, so obviously NFL owners are all racists! (Which is why these owners keep hiring black players to play on said teams….) But maybe, just maybe, there might be another reason: Kaepernick sucks.

Remember Johnny Manzel? Coming out of the NFL draft, he was going to be a great quarterback, but his skills didn’t match the hype. Combine that with this off-field antics, and Johnny Football became Johnny Would You Like Fries With That. You see, once your negatives outweigh your positives, you run the risk of being fired or, in Kaepernick’s case, not being hired.

There’s another issue at hand that is hurting Kaepernick’s chances. Although his skills aren’t what they used to be, he is still asking for a sizable contract. He has already rejected contracts for the league minimum, which would be a step down for him, but it would be a step in the right direction if he wanted to play on a team. It’s so bad, former Bears interception machine…I mean quarterback Jay Cutler came out of retirement and got hired. Shouldn’t that be a wake-up call for Kaepernick that maybe he needs to adjust his expectations a bit? And by a bit, I mean a lot.

No matter how many stats Leftists bring up about Kaepernick’s performance over the past 2 years, it shows they haven’t watched too many of his games. There is a reason he was riding the pine more than a witch with particular tastes in broomsticks. He sucked. His game hasn’t changed much since he came into the league, and defenses started figuring out how to beat his game. And let’s not forget the fact the San Francisco 49ers had horrible offenses during the past 2 years. Good quarterbacks find ways to work with the players he has to succeed. Great quarterbacks find ways to win with the players he has.

And Kaepernick? He found a way to be mediocre and radioactive at the same time.

Maybe he would be better served by either dropping his expectations or finding a job with Johnny Manzel. But I do have a solution, and it involves an NFL team.

Have the Washington Redskins offer him a contract. If he accepts, Leftists heads will explode!

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

People have handled the election of Donald Trump in different ways. Some have been happy. Others have been sad. Others have been more unstable than a house of cards on a wobbly card table on the San Andreas Fault.

Then, there’s California. (Granted, the lawmakers there might fall into that third category, but work with me here.) There has been a movement in California for the state to break away from the United States in the same vein as England’s Brexit movement. They’ve even come up with a totally original name, too: Calexit. Those Leftists are so creative!

Let’s take a look at the Calexit movement, shall we?

Calexit

What the Left believes it means – a movement for California to leave the United States and stand on its own

What it really means – the Mirror Universe version of Galt’s Gulch

If you’re not familiar with Galt’s Gulch, it’s a reference to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged which deals with productive members of society deciding to drop out of sight and start life in a society where one’s efforts and productivity are championed instead of derided by those who are less productive than Keith Olbermann. In other words, the opposite of California right now. And, if Calexit proponents get their way, they will get to live out their Leftist version sooner rather than later.

On the surface, Calexit has merit. California is said to have the sixth largest economy in the world. Not in the US. The whole fraking world! And let’s not overlook the fact the global film industry is centered in Los Angeles, or the fact Silicon Valley is still pumping out global technology that we use (usually at least a year or two after Japan had it). Agriculture is still a major force there. So, why shouldn’t California break up with us?

Venezuela.

For a number of years, Leftists fawned over how Hugo Chavez ran a seemingly successful economy based around oil. (Also, Chavez mocked George W. Bush repeatedly, so Leftists loved him for that almost as much as his economy.) Chavez spent a lot on Leftist-approved causes.

Then the oil market crashed like the Exxon Valdez.

Suddenly, all those Leftist programs became unsustainable. As a result, their economy went into a nosedive, their currency became less valuable than a Hillary Clinton political endorsement, and widespread poverty has hit Venezuela hard. Now, who could have seen that coming? I mean, aside from anyone who has studied socialism for any length of time and realized the fundamental flaws. And it’s not like we haven’t seen the failures of socialism throughout history, either! If only there were a country that called itself socialist and even had “socialist” in its name…oh, wait. Try the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics!

What the Caliexit folks don’t realize is they are setting themselves up for the same problems Venezuela is experiencing right now. What happens to your economy when you can’t afford to keep illegal immigrants and poor citizens on the public dole? How high will your taxes have to be in order to keep your dreams of high speed rail afloat while people leave the state in droves? And how much pot will you have to smoke to make these problems go away?

The problems with Calexit go beyond the economic. If California leaves the US, they will have to give up the military bases within the state because those bases, equipment, and manpower technically are part of the United States. That leaves the California National Guard, and a good case can be made that the federal government can lay claim to those folks, too. If you strip away those two layers of national defense, you’re left to citizens with guns. Oh, wait, California has strict gun laws that only the law-abiding follow in the first place. Looks like you’re screwed, California!

Going back to agriculture for a moment, we see another major problem. Since California tends to be a bit on the arid side, they need irrigation to keep their crops (and rich people’s lawns) growing. That wouldn’t be a problem normally, but California tends to get a lot of water from neighboring states. Guess what happens if California leaves the US. Yep, that water goes away! And when you consider the state hasn’t figured out how to make desalinization a thing when they are literally on the ocean, it’s going to be a lot harder for crops to grow if Calexit becomes a thing.

There are a ton of logistical issues with Calexit (whether marriages in their state will be recognized elsewhere, whether people will need a passport to visit California, whether the state will get Congressional representation, just to name a few), and I’m not sure the Calexit fans have thought this out far enough. It reminds me of the time I decided to run away from home after I had an argument with one of my brothers. I packed up what I thought I needed, slammed the front door, and started heading for the street. Of course, I was too young to even go out on the street or go through neighbor’s yards without permission, so I wound up coming right back. Then, I turned 30, and my parents said I was mature enough.

If Californians want to leave the United States after electing Donald Trump as President, I have two words to say to you, courtesy of Curly Bill from “Tombstone.”

Well…bye.

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